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Commander Ernest Carl Castle was born in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota on 22 December 1925. He attended the U.S.
Naval Academy from which he received his commission
as an Ensign, USN on 4 June 1948.
He has served in USS MINDORO QCVE-1202, USS
NORRIS QDDE-859D and as Executive Oflicer of USS
CHATTERER CAMS-40j. In 1953, Commander Castle
attended the Post Graduate School in preparation for
assignment as Intelligence Officer on the Staff of COM-
NAV Germany. In 1956, he was assigned as Commanding
Officer of USS CROW QMSC-7j, and later became Flag
Secretary for Commander Cruiser Division FIVE. He has
served as a legislative assistant in the office of the Secre-
tary of the Navy, and in the oflice of the Secretary of
Defense. Following command of USS SERRANO QAGS-
24j, he became U.S. Naval Attache to Israel.
In addition to campaign medals for World War II and
Korea, Commander Castle is holder of the Silver Star
Medal. Commander Castle is married to the former Wilma
G. Graff of Sious Falls, South Dakota.
Commander ErnestC. Castle, USN
For the men of TUTUILA and their families, the events recorded in this book cover the highlights of the past year's
history of our ship, USS TUTUILA. A one year span has a special meaning for us. It is the exact length of time each of
the men appearing in these pages spend in their Vietnam tour of duty. Many have kept charts to check off the days. There
is even a reminder of those charts within this book. To count the days of separation from loved ones is understandable.
It is especially understandable in the case of TUTUILA'S sailors who have marked oil' each of those days with a full measure
of work and duty. The men this book records performed important necessary jobs everyday they were aboard. Each man,
regardless of his division assignment, helped create and preserve TUTUILA'S "CAN-DO", E- ship reputation. You all
met every new and difficult challenge that came to us. You manned the ship that "repaired", "restored" and "renewed",
and kept the Navy's gun ships and craft ready for action. We missed some of the glamor experienced by other ships, but
we made it possible for them to do the glamor jobs.
You men of TUTUILA and your families have in this souvenir cruise book both the memories of the year past and
a constant reminder that you did a hard and vital job well. You gave generously and patriotically of yourselves. For that,
your ship, your Navy, your country and the Free World are, in some measure, in your debt forever.
Ernest C. Castle
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Commander Lawrence P. Treadwell, USN
'October 1966-December 1967
Commander Lawrence Penfield TREADWELL, Jr., was born in Newport, Rhode Island on 10 April 1928. In 1945,
he enlisted in the regular Navy, and in 1947, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, at Annapolis. Upon graduation on 1
June 1951, he was commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy and reported to USS MISSOURI QBB-63D for duty. During the next
two years, Commander TREADWELL served in the Operations :Sc Gunnery Departments. This tour included a Korean
Deployment in which he was the FM Division Oflicer. '
His next assignment was as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School, Bainbridge. This assignment
lasted for a year and in june 1954, he reported aboard the USS ROWE CDD-564j. This tour as Operations Officer in-
cluded a world cruise and later a Mediterranean deployment. In May 1956, he reported to Commander DestroyerFlotilla
F OUR for duty as aid and Flag Secretary.
In November 1957, Commander TREADWELL became Commanding Oflicer, USS MATTABESSET QAOG-52j,
homeport Naples, Italy. Shore duty in the Bureau of Naval Personnel followed and in 1961, Commander TREADWELL
reported to USS Charles H. ROAN QDD-8530 for duty as Executive OHicer.
In July 1963, Commander TREADWELL commenced a two year course in Operations Analysis at the U.S. Post-
graduate School, Monterey. Commander TREADWELL reported to USS TUTUILA QARG-4j from duty as Operations
Officer aboard USS PROVIDENCE QCLG-61.
Commander TREADWELL is married to the former Miss Ellen Ann MAURER of Norfolk Virginia Mrs TREAD-
EVEQ-l.L and their three children, Elizabeth, Lawrence, and Christopher, are living at 218 "D" ,Avenue, Coronado, Cali-
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'TUTUILA is the principal island of American Samoa.
The first Navy ship to bear the name was a Gunboat of
the famed Yangtze River Patrol. TUTUILA, PANAY,
OAHU, LUZON, MINDANAO, and .GUAM Qrenamed
WAKEQ were constructed and commissioned at Shanghai,
China in 1928. Specifically designed for the Yangtae, these
little ships were oiliired shallow draft vessels with two
triple-expansion steam engines driving small propellers
in hull tunnels, and triple rudders. Carrying 3" guns and
powerful radio equipment, they protected U.S. shipping
and maintained U.S. communications on the great river
that was the main highway to half of China.
PANAY was sunk by japanese air attack during the
seige of Naking on 12 December 1937. When Hankow fell
,.... , 'J
in 1938, cutting river transport, TUTUILA carried the
American Ambassador to Chungking, and stayed to serve
him there. . i
In june of 1941 TUTUILA, together with a British
gunboat, fought off a japanese air attack, TUTUILA-suf-
fered moderate damage which was subsequently repaired.
On 4 December LUZON, OAHU, and MINDANAO
made for the Philippines, arriving in time to join in the
battle of Bataan. Wake was captured at Shanghai on 8
December, and the others went down defending Corregi-
T UTUILA was transferred to Chang Kai-Shek's forces
at Chungking in January 1942. I-Ier end came in July of
that year, when heavy bombing by Japanese aircraft wrote
a close to the Yangtze River Patrol, a colorful 75-years in
American Naval history.
In the winter of 1943-44, USS TUTUILA QARG-4j,
an internal combusio,n engine repair ship, was converted
from the newly launched Liberty Ship QEC-Zj ARTHUR
P. GORMAN, and was commissioned on 8 April 1944
at Maryland Drydock Company in Baltimore. Her first
Commanding A Officer was Commander Qlater Captianj
George T. Boldizsar, USN.
Against World War II air and surfaced submarine
attacks, the ship mounted a 5" gun, three 3" guns, two
40mm twin cannon, and twelve 20 mm machine guns.
After a shakedown cruise, she sailed from Norfolk in
May for Pearl Harbor, via the Panama Canal and San
Diego, California. TUTUILA arrived at Eniwetok Atoll
in the Marshall Islands on 8 July 1944, and immediately
undertook her portion of the responsibility for the main-
tenance of the Pacific Fleet.
In early August 1944 TUTUILA joined Service Squa-
dron TEN at Purvis Bay, between Savo and Guadalcanal
in the Solomons. She operated until the end of the war
with SERVRON TEN, which had been newly created to
act as a Boating advance base for the Fleet in its sweep
I across the Pacific. The battle of the Philippine Sea and the
Saipan campaign were being successfully concluded, and
many ships needed repairs befor the Leyte assault which
was to begin liberation of the Philippines. TUTUILA
commenced a round-the-clock work schedule-which was
maintained throughtout, her long stay in the Pacific Thea-
On the surrender of japan, TUTUILA sailed for Okinawa
with 11 smaller ships. Struck by a typhoon on 31 August,
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